A young girl murdered. A town with a dark secret.
A young girl, Kasey, is murdered in the woods of northern New York, a strange symbol carved into her stomach.
Investigator Reed Raleigh, Major Crimes, is tasked with finding the killer.
Reed has his own troubles. He’s in therapy, divorced, estranged from his son. But he desperately needs to solve this case - his own stepdaughter vanished when she was a teenager and Reed knows all about the agony of having no closure. No way is he letting Kasey’s mother go through that.
But as Reed begins to dig, the case grows ever more complex. Why is Kasey’s boyfriend acting so strangely? And why is her mother lying to the police?
As evidence of Kasey’s bizarre secret life starts to emerge, Reed realises this case isn’t just about a dead girl. There’s something much bigger at play in this small rural town, a decades old secret that needs to be protected. At any cost.
What readers are saying about Rough Country:
“…absorbing tale of simple, or maybe not, country folk, with big secrets. There are plenty of twists and turns, none of which I foresaw, so I was glued to the pages.” -Netgalley
“I loved the dark gritty intense atmosphere created by the location in a small rural town and the suffocating and desolate feel it creates. The small rural town gives you a real sense of the community the story is set in which makes it feel very believable. The lead investigator Reed Raleigh is a great lead character with an intensity of his own and a troubled history and I hope to meet him again sometime soon.” -Netgalley
“This book starts breathlessly and never lets up. It's an intriguing tale that keeps you guessing and lays out a trail of procedural breadcrumbs that keep you reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. TJ Brearton has a knack for creating compelling characters and writing prose that's a joy to read.” -Netgalley
"Fast paced and tense the book delivers a great read that will keep the reader immersed and provide hours of enjoyable reading." -Books Behind the Title
"To say that reading ‘Rough Country’ became addictive is a bit of an understatement. If I wasn’t reading this book, then I would be thinking about the book." -Ginger Book Geek
"This book is so well written and exciting that I read the whole thing in three sittings." -Cookie Biscuit’s Blog
"Rough Country is a fast-paced story that pulls you into the story from the first page with the use of unexpected twists and turns. The plot is well written and entertaining" -Quirky Book Reads
"Rough Country is one of those crime thrillers that stays with you. The emotions run high in this novel, and the twists and turns leave you guessing until the very end." -My Bookish Bliss